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Feed by M. T. Anderson

Feed (2002)

by M. T. Anderson

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“…It’s like a spiral: They keep making everything more basic so it will appeal to everyone. And gradually, everyone gets used to everything being basic, so we get less and less varied as people, more simple. So the corps make everything even simpler. And it goes on and on.”
Titus starts his spring break off like most kids: a trip to the moon. While he plans on having a good time, he doesn’t plan on meeting Violet, altering the course of his simple teenage life. It is commonplace in this society to have installed in the brain and be connected to the feed. Tracking purchases, videos watched, music listened to, and general lifestyle choices, the feed analyzes everyone’s personality to further the consumerism agenda of American life, even though most people with the feed implant grow skin lesions at an alarming rate. Titus has grown up with the feed, yet Violet has not. This allows her to bring a completely different perspective on life to Titus and his friends; however, they aren’t so jive with her interpretations of the world.

Reading Feed for a second time 10 years after the first really brought to light many new discoveries, like the fact that Clouds and School are now trademarked by corporations. With the rise of social media and online companies in current society, it’s creepy how close we are with the concepts of this novel being 100% accurate. Companies are able to suggest things we might like based on our purchases, we can chat people not just with phones but with watches now, and “improved” products are being promoted now more than ever to increase consumerism and the idea of “keeping up with the Jones.” One of my favorite quotes is when Violet says, “Because of the feed, we’re raising a nation of idiots. Ignorant, self-centered idiots.” While there is still hope for our future, this is becoming more true with every passing day. As with George Orwell’s 1984 (which this book always reminds me of), it is a scary reminder of what our world could become if we don’t put forth the effort to maintain our integrity. ( )
  nframke | Apr 30, 2019 |
Got 4 chapters in, and decided this is unreadable. Really not too good. ( )
  bibliosk8er | Apr 9, 2019 |
Feed was a powerful novel and at times it felt as if our society was already in this dystopian place. The message of how technology is influencing our society was clearly portrayed throughout the novel. I felt the character development was not as strong as it could have been. ( )
  bwheatley | Mar 27, 2019 |
All Titus and his friends wanted was a fun spring break on the moon. But they got more than they bargained for. While at a club, a hacker attacks them, and they all end up spending time in the hospital, their feeds gone, nothing to do for days. This is when Titus meets Violet. Violet, the smart girl, trying to defy the feed and it's ability to categorize people's desires. Violet makes Titus think about what life would be like without the feed, without the constant information flow going in your head. Feed is a novel that will make readers think about their life now, and realize that the future that Anderson describes isn't too far away from our own.

Feed is a definitely a quick read, and pulls you in right at the beginning. While the language takes a little getting used to (the slang that they use in the future), Anderson does a good job of getting the reader engaged right away. I also found the concept fascinating, especially since it is a world that we could easily slip into. A world where we are constantly bombarded with information, advertisements, news, etc. Except instead of it being our phones, computers, tablet, etc., the computer is inside our brain. And once it is there, it is almost impossible to get out. Anderson does a good job of making the reader think about the future, and while the novel could be considered a satire on our own society, it still gives you chills to think about the fact that we aren't too far away from this kind of future ourselves.

I think this book would be great to pair with another classic dystopian novel, like 1984 or Brave New World, because it would create an interesting discussion in a classroom about dystopian fiction. I also think, since The Hunger Games was published, and maybe even before that, the market for young adult distopian fiction is big, and any of these books would be great to pair with a dystopian classic. As a teacher, you could even create dystopian reading groups, with each group reading a dystopian novel, and then leading a discussion about these kinds of futures and whether or not they could actually happen. Overall, Feed is a great novel, one that kids will definitely enjoy. ( )
  Amanda7 | Oct 12, 2018 |
Well-written with excellent character development. Thought-provoking and believable. One is reminded of books such as Dave Eggers' "The Circle" or the show series "Black Mirror." However, the immediate future and narrative voice are two strong elements in this young adult novel that makes the story unique and compelling. ( )
  Meghanista | Oct 5, 2018 |
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Subversive, vigorously conceived, painfully situated at the juncture where funny crosses into tragic, ''Feed'' demonstrates that young-adult novels are alive and well and able to deliver a jolt. The fact that it is a finalist for the National Book Award is in itself a good sign.
FEED is laugh-out-loud funny in its satire, but at the same time it is absolutely terrifying.

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Baker, David AaronNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.
"Everything we've grown up with the stories on the feed, the games, all of that it's all streamlining our personalities so we're easier to sell to."
You know, I think death is shallower now. It used to be a hole you fell into and kept falling. Now it's just a blank.
But we have entered a new age. We are a new people. It is now the age of oneiric culture, the culture of dreams.
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Titus and his friends are typical middle class teens sometime in the far future. They go to School (TM) which is owned by the big corporations. But mostly they listen to their feed, a smart Internet connection directly connected into their brains. The feed knows what they like, it knows what they want and it knows the coolest thing of the moment. The feed markets products to them constantly and also allows them to have private chats with anyone else any time. Then one night Titus meets Violet, a girl a little off the grid. She didn't get a feed until she was 7 and mistrusts the marketing. Amusingly, her father is a professor of dead languages, like Fortran and Basic. Then one night a hacker protester infects their feeds and they learn something about life without the feed.
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This brilliantly ironic satire is set in a future world where television and computers are connected directly into people's brains when they are babies. The result is a chillingly recognizable consumer society where empty-headed kids are driven by fashion and shopping and the avid pursuit of silly entertainment--even on trips to Mars and the moon--and by constant customized murmurs in their brains of encouragement to buy, buy, buy.

Anderson gives us this world through the voice of a boy who, like everyone around him, is almost completely inarticulate, whose vocabulary, in a dead-on parody of the worst teenspeak, depends heavily on three words: "like," "thing," and the second most common English obscenity. He's even made this vapid kid a bit sympathetic, as a product of his society who dimly knows something is missing in his head. The details are bitterly funny--the idiotic but wildly popular sitcom called "Oh? Wow! Thing!", the girls who have to retire to the ladies room a couple of times an evening because hairstyles have changed, the hideous lesions on everyone that are not only accepted, but turned into a fashion statement. And the ultimate awfulness is that when we finally meet the boy's parents, they are just as inarticulate and empty-headed as he is, and their solution to their son's problem is to buy him an expensive car.

Although there is a danger that at first teens may see the idea of brain-computers as cool, ultimately they will recognize this as a fascinating novel that says something important about their world. (Ages 14 and older) --Patty Campbell

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In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

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